The CW is expanding its superhero slate with the upcoming ensemble series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and viewers are finally learning more about what they can expect. Executive producer Phil Klemmer recently teased new details about the anticipated show’s freshman season, from the addition of Hawkman to the significance of time travel. From the sounds of it, comic show fans are in for quite the ride. Here’s what we know about the Arrow/Flash spin-off so far.
1. It’s a superhero team-up show – with time travel
As announced earlier this year, Legends of Tomorrow will star Arthur Darvill as time-traveling Rogue Rip Hunter, who desperately tries to prevent the bleak future he’s seen by assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains. The ragtag team must join together to confront an immortal threat that’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen— one that not only puts the planet at stake, but all of time itself.
2. The cast features both new and returning characters
The show will feature The Flash‘s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (played by Wentworth Miller), Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), and Dr. Martin Stein/one half of Firestorm (Victor Garber). From Arrow, Brandon Routh will reprise his role as Ray Palmer/the Atom, and Caity Lotz will also join the upcoming show, playing her resurrected Arrow character, Sara Lance aka Canary.
In addition to Darvil’s Rip Hunter, the new characters will include Kendra Saunders aka Hawkgirl, played by Ciara Renee. Meanwile, Franz Drameh will play Jay Jackson, a former athletic star-turned-auto mechanic, who will develop a surprising affiliation with the S.T.A.R. Labs team.
3. Hawkman is also joining the scene
Originally, only Hawkgirl was expected to feature prominently in the series and it was unclear how much Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, would figure into the plot. But as Klemmer recently told DCLegendsTV, the character, to be played by Falk Hentschel, will actually be a regular. But fans shouldn’t worry about his presence taking away from Hawkgirl.
“It doesn’t, because the way we’ve imagined them is that they’ve obviously been reincarnated through the ages together, but the fact that he remembers their previous lives and she doesn’t … it gives them very much like a Bogie & Bacall sort of [relationship],” Klemmer explained, also adding,” They’re constantly fighting, and the fact that they’re destined to be in love is something that seems impossible to her.”
The show gave audiences their first look at the duo earlier this month, sharing the above photo of the two in costume on Twitter.
4. The Flash and Arrow will show up occasionally
If the trailer is any indication, viewers can likely expect Stephen Arnell’s Oliver Queen and Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen to appear in Legends of Tomorrow every now and then. But seeing as they’re both busy leading their own shows, they definitely won’t be regulars. Seeing as how both The Flash and Arrow have done crossover episodes in the past though, it’s no surprise that Legend will get added to the mix.
5. The villain is DC’S Vandal Savage
In August, Danish actor Casper Crump was cast to play the iconic comic book villain, Vandal Savage (above), in the upcoming series. As comic fans may know, Vandal Savage is a brilliant strategist and scientist who gains powers from a mysterious meteorite. Now immortal, he has spent thousands of years moving like a viral disease throughout history, whispering in the ears of despots and dictators in an attempt to gain eventual domination of the world.
The character will first appear in the crossover episodes of Arrow and The Flash before recurring on Legends of Tomorrow.
6. The whole cast appears in every episode
With such a huge cast, it seems impossible that every character will play a part in every single episode. But Klemmer says that each installment will feature the entire cast.
“There’s been some long scripts,” he admitted to DCLegendsTV. “I’ve never had a show like this where every script comes in at 80 pages… it’s just, the amount of story that we can cover is limited by the amount of characters… you want to hear everybody’s take on everything, which is truly a joy.”
7. Fans shouldn’t expect too much romance
Just because this show airs on the CW doesn’t mean it will be packed with romance. While there will be some romantic relationships between characters, it won’t be a huge element of the show. “There’ll be more sex than romance, but eventually, there’s the possibility of romance,” Klemmer explained. “It’s not a sentimental show; I mean, the fact that we are traveling through time and people are doing something as emotionally fraught as getting to examine their own past… the way that you leaven that is with humor and irony and irreverence. So, it definitely isn’t a romantic show.”
8. There will be plenty of funny moments
As Klemmer describes, it’s not a romantic show, “which isn’t to say that it can’t be earnest at moments, but I think it’s going to be a good bit funnier and filled with irreverence.”
To avoid getting too heavy handed with the time travel element, the show will amp up the comedic factor. “Its wry, and it’s adult…that’s how you leaven something like time travel,” he said.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is slated to debut Thursday, January 21 on The CW.
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